Decatur well drilling proposal put on hold

DECATUR - Plans that would drill wells to help supplement Decatur's local water supply have been put on hold, and that move may be permanent.

The well drilling proposal was made in 2012, as the city suffered through a severe drought.  Lake Decatur, the main source of most of the area's drinking water, was very low.

However, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency found that some potential well sites were too close to contamination sources, while water tested at other potential sites were too heavy in iron.

This in turn caused city staff members to recommend that the project be put on hold while they look at other options.

According to Director of Water Management Keith Alexander, the city will be looking into possibilities such as buying a privately owned lake and improving a well field that the city already owns.

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